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                         Jacksonville District Corps Of Engineers
                                        P.O. Box 4970
                                 Jacksonville,Florida 32232-0019

     Planning and Policy Division
     Environmental Branch.                                 November 16 2011

  To Whom It May Concern:

  Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and U.S.Army  Corps of Engineers Regulation (33 CFR 230.10),this letter constitutes the Notice of Availability for the Draft Integrated Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment of Big Fishweir Creek,City of Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida.

The draft document is available on the U.S.Army CCorps of Engineers,Jacksonville District website for your review and comment at:

 http://Http://www.San.usace.army.mil/Divisions/Planning/Branches/Environmental/DocsNotices_OnLine_DuvalCo.htm

For comments to be considered,they must br received within 30 days from the date of this letter unless further review time is authorized by Federal Law.Letters should be addressed to the letterhead address,to the attention of the Planning Division,Environmental Branch,Coastal Section.If you have any questions or comments,please contact Ms.Kathleen McConnell by telephone at 904 232 3607,or by email at Kathleen.k.McConnell@usage.army.mil.

                                                                          Sincerely,
                                                                          Eric P. Summa
                                                                          Chief, Environmental Branch




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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2011, 06:37:07 AM »
See also:           St Johns River Alliance 2010 St Johns River Summit

                          Speaker presentations
                           link:

                 

                       
                         Challenges: Lakes and Tributaries Siltation
                          'Big Fishweir Creek Restoration Project
                           Mike Hollingsworth,US Army Corps of Enginneers
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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2011, 08:18:39 AM »
NM, for some reason I wasn't able to open the links. But for Fishweir Creek now is the time to show up at these Jacksonville Waterways FIND subcommittee. Ask about Fishweir Creek. Tom Ingram suggested take on 10 small projects instead of one large one

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2011, 09:07:21 AM »
NM, for some reason I wasn't able to open the links. But for Fishweir Creek now is the time to show up at these Jacksonville Waterways FIND subcommittee. Ask about Fishweir Creek. Tom Ingram suggested take on 10 small projects instead of one large one

10/4 on the links- for those interested contact Ms. Kathleen McConnell by telephone or email

904 232 3607.     Kathleen.k.mcconnell@usace.army.mil


Worth going to google and pulling up River Alliance 2010 Summit,Scroll down to Challenges-Tributaries/Sedimentation;Mike Hollingsworth presentation. ( even a photo courtesy NM....)
 Fishweir Creek funding via joint Federal/City effort. if FIND is a part of the City pie I am unaware,FIND has never been a point of attention in the past.
The City Storm Water Fee is a rich source for Storm Water projects.
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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2011, 09:29:09 AM »
Is this a Fishweir-specific presentation, seperate from the DEP meeting on performance of SJWMD tributaries held last month?

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2011, 08:53:31 AM »
Is this a Fishweir-specific presentation, seperate from the DEP meeting on performance of SJWMD tributaries held last month?


       Fishweir specific,critical phase,years in development;

       NOVEMBER 16,2011
       Public notice,comment period
       Notice of Availability for the Draft Integrated Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment of Big Fishweir
       Creek,City of Jacksonville,Duval County,Florida

      ...........hundreds of pages...........

      Onward-

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 11:24:53 AM »

" Reversing the present degradation in the ecosystem of Big Fishweir Creek will stand as a progressive action for securing the future welfare of the surrounding community."

   Draft DPR and Draft EA.   September 2011.     2-4

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 07:49:43 AM »
'Finally,the Ortega Bridge emerges on the horizon.Closer and closer.We round the corner on in to Fishweir Creek.
"Ah Ha!" morphs to 'aw,shucks' familiarity.Past THE RECENT SPATE OF NEW DOCKS..........'
       Noone Hogans,McCoys,Fishweir Trifecta
       Metro Jacksonville original post September 10,2011

" The lost marsh at the mouth of the Big Fishweir Creek cannot be restored in it's original configuration because four privately owned boat docks and attached long boardwalks are now present ( recently constructed-NM)
The marsh "island" is proposed in an adjacent location within 200 feet of this former marshland" (construct a stand alone island at the creek mouth-NM)
        Detailed Project Report and Environmental Assessment of Big Fishweir Creek,City of Jacksonville,Duval County
        Florida.        5.2.10. September 2011.          (-NM notations)

too bad the River Huggers,Keepers et al,including myself were not alert to the permit applications for these boardwalk
docks  which have sprouted fairly recently during BFWC restoration assessment and planning events.
Perhaps the concept of Creek mouth marsh land restoration was not a consideration during the dock permit applications.
Even so, the docks had made a significant imprint,including visual scenery which sadly is hardly assessed in permit review.
MY
My gut usually serves well but the blanket of new marsh walkway private docks blindsided and there is no room for error.
Perhaps the dock permits were reviewed,Agency Intent challenged,or perhaps aged permits.

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011, 07:07:04 PM »
December 7,2011

Apparently many citizens have requested a public meeting with COE.

Word on the street/creeks is COE has tentatively agreed to a February 2012 public meeting.

Note too December 16 Public Comment Period deadline per Draft Public Notice....one would assume public comment period revised/extended de facto in event of interjected public meeting.
As always,inquire directly to COE.

Florida Times Union Steve Patterson is working diligently on reporting efforts.
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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 10:31:45 PM »
Looking forward to another Fishweir Creek tour. Good luck with the project. Are there some old photos around of what the creek use to look like?

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 05:36:53 PM »
Article in FTU about the army corps plan:

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-12-09/story/army-engineers-plan-gives-hope-jacksonvilles-silt-choked-fishweir-creek

north miami - saw your comments after the article.  Very well stated.  You just had to know that someone would come out playing the "taxpayer" card as an objection.  Other than that one, all others seemed to do a good job of explaining why actions like this benefit a very large number of taxpayers - in fact everyone who wants to enjoy a clean river.

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2011, 09:03:06 AM »
North Miami, Great update and article on Fishweir Creek. That waterway Destination for that part of the city should continue the momentum that is being created. I hope everyone realizes and the Public hearing opportunity will be standing room only. Hope Jim Love will make an appearence. Shoutout to Steve Patterson, Bob Self, and TU and making everyone aware of this potential Regional Impact.

Can't wait to hear the future updates.

Onward

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2011, 10:04:04 AM »

                                               The Big Picture compels facing The Little Creeks

The St Johns River is of course a sum of it's parts- a System.

Little Creeks are a Big Deal. Components of The River System,we find that the "Little" creeks are numerous,composed of their own individual, fairly sizable Basin entwined throughout diverse urban landscapes.We grasp a 'Mental Image';blood cells,capillaries,veins,liquid heart.

Euphoric political statements are flung towards the public........"Everglades Style" St Johns River Advocacy "approach".
There exists within the public mind the properly developed Mental Image of Everglades System:The Glades system components acknowledged to exist as far north as Orlando.
Little such awareness has lodged with The River System,which in fact also originates as far south of Orlando- not only points east but also points west,the Ocklawaha River,the largest River System tributary.
Restoration needs of the largest tributary have largely lagged since the deauthourization of the Florida Barge Canal,in the past stymied by the very politicians currently in office who reference " Everglades Style" River images.

The Hogan,McCoy,Fishweir Trifecta has rightfully emerged as a telling face of River Advocacy.
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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2011, 07:01:52 AM »

                                                               BFWC Draft DPR,EA

"The open commentary under NEPA compliance,which deals specifically with issues of the Environmental Assessment,will close after 30 days after it's access was posted on the website.Because there were issues posting the document on the website,which actually happened after November 16 2011,the commentary period will remain open until December 20 2011."
     -Per Kathleen McConnell; COE

note that this aspect is an important element in citizen/organization "Standing"
      -N.M.

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Re: Big Fishweir Creek restoration. critical phase update November 16,2011
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2011, 07:28:19 AM »
Great update. Will follow up. Fishweir Creek is an important piece of the puzzle that is a sum of its parts to our access to the St. Johns River our American Heritage River a Federal Initiative.

I hope its standing room only for the constituents of Dist. 14.